List of Known Fake News Sites in South Africa (and beyond)

AirWolf

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Facebook thrives on fake news - more shares = more time spent on the site = more ad revenue.
 

copacetic

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wmcleaks.com
SCORPIO: In the non-surprise of the year, WMCLEAKS.com smear campaign tracked to a Gupta associate

With the costly, UK-based PR spin doctors Bell Pottinger paid-up and shipped out, South Africa’s First Family, the Guptas, scrambled to find a replacement spin machine after damning revelations of their involvement in the capture of ministers and government officials, gleaned from #GuptaLeaks, began to be made public last month. Soon afterwards, several websites and Twitter accounts relating to “White Monopoly Capital” were launched and used to attack some of the Guptas' biggest opponents. Scorpio has identified one man associated with this fake news – former Gupta-owned Sahara Computers employee Saurabh Aggarwal. By SCORPIO
 

Daruk

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Is News Daily a fake news site? It certainly has the appearance of it: http://newsdaily.co.za/
whois

Code:
1a. domain                 : newsdaily.co.za
1c. Registrar              : 1API GmbH
2a. registrant             : Thoko Promise
2b. registrantpostaladdress: po box 3170, ,austin, Texas, 73301, US
2j. registrantphone        : +1.5125672345
2l. registrantemail        : dailypostza@gmail.com
3e. creationdate           : 2016/04/02 11:52:11
6a. primnsfqdn             : ns1.nyoso.mobi
6e. secns1fqdn             : ns2.nyoso.mobi
6f. secns1ip               :
A quick scan of that name server.... nyoso.mobi redirects to http://youngsingle.co.za/
...a domain that hasn't registered.
A little more digging produces this:
https://twitter.com/DailyPostZa - definitely linked.
Except the url in the twitter page is bogus... or hijacked...
I suspect hijacked based on this tweet:
https://twitter.com/iamcollenzondo/status/694053085996523520

I wonder if it's the same Thoko Promise?
https://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/711208-Who-is-Thoko-Promise-Magagula

A little more digging produced this:
http://website.informer.com/Thoko+Promise.html
Firstly 1232 daily visitors :wtf:
Secondly
Keywords: solly moholo, song i just want a rolly, song i just want a solly, sesethu, joe mafela tombstone
Keywords: dr robert gallo, kefilwe mabote age, cure for hiv found, africa rape video, jama age skeem saam
Further digging on the registrar for the above: jules@bourque.net produces a number of domains registered under the same umbrella - all .co.za
http://viewdns.info/reversewhois/?q=jules@bourque.net
The registrar is listed as 1API GMBH
The domains:
36lawyers.co.za
bunduvalleyboerboels.co.za
careerinf.co.za
dailypost.co.za
dailysunads.co.za
hotdate4u.co.za
insuranceant.co.za
onstreet.co.za
prompt-store.co.za
salearnerships.co.za
thepramwarehouse.co.za
vefa.co.za
 
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raind33r

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It doesn't seem like a fake news site, although their headlines clearly show some bias. Hmmmm.
Hmmm indeed....

Domain Information
Domain:
timeslive.co.za
Registrar:
Lexsynergy Limited
Registration Date:
2008-07-11
Expiration Date:
2018-07-11
Updated Date:
2017-07-19
Status:
ok
Name Servers:
ns1.lexsynergy.net
ns2.lexsynergy.us
ns3.lexsynergy.info

Registrant Contact
Name:
Domain Administrator
Organization:
Tiso Blackstar Group (Pty) Ltd
Street:
PO BOX 1746
City:
Saxonwold
Postal Code:
2132
Country:
ZA
Phone:
+27.105003913
Email:
email@lexreg.com

Seems legit.
They, Tiso Blackstar, own these publications...Sunday Times, Business Day, The Times, Sowetan, Sunday World, Daily Dispatch, The Herald and SA Home Owner
 
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Slootvreter

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Hmmm indeed....

Domain Information
Domain:
timeslive.co.za
Registrar:
Lexsynergy Limited
Registration Date:
2008-07-11
Expiration Date:
2018-07-11
Updated Date:
2017-07-19
Status:
ok
Name Servers:
ns1.lexsynergy.net
ns2.lexsynergy.us
ns3.lexsynergy.info

Registrant Contact
Name:
Domain Administrator
Organization:
Tiso Blackstar Group (Pty) Ltd
Street:
PO BOX 1746
City:
Saxonwold
Postal Code:
2132
Country:
ZA
Phone:
+27.105003913
Email:
email@lexreg.com
I know there is (or was) a fake news site called T1meslive.
 

Ash_ZA

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100% propaganda:

dodgysaministers.com
southafricabuzz.co.za
 
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